I stepped outside earlier today for just a minute to get my mail and boy is it hot!!!!! This is stay at home day for me today.
Right now according to the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post it’s 100 degrees in most of the D.C. Metro area and the heat index is close to 110.
The extremely hot weather may have been the cause of death of a young male cyclist biking along the Potomac River.
By Carol Morello and Naomi Nix
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 24, 2010; 3:40 PM
The Pos family knew when they traveled from the Netherlands to the United States for a month-long road to the United States that Washington in July would be hot. But they didn’t think it would be this hot.
“It’s just our luck that we have to come to Washington on the hottest day ever,” said Janyne Pos, 42, who sat perched under a tree outside of the White House.
Call it bad luck or just bad timing, but the National Weather Service has for the first time this year issued an excessive heat warning along the I-95 corridor. Meteorologists say they expect temperatures to be above 110 heat index to be above 110 degrees for two or more hours. Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gangsaid that as of 2 p.m. Saturday, the temperature at Reagan National Airport was above 100 degrees, breaking the record high of 96 degrees which was set in 1987.
The Prince George’s fire department warns that high temperatures can result in heat related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Officials on Saturday said heat may have contributed to the death of a 20-year old male bicyclist while riding in the Potomac River Park, according to the Prince George’s fire department. The man was on a bike path that runs between the Oxon Hill Farm and the National Harbor when apparently he went unconscious and fell from his bike. Witnesses reported seeing the male hit his head on a tree as he fell from the bike causing some abrasions.
“While an official cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, paramedics feel that high temperatures and humidity more then likely played a role in this young mans death,” the news release said.
Young, middle age and elderly folks have to be very careful about hot and humid weather like this.